Researchers at Michigan State University have received two National Science Foundation grants totaling about $500,000 to seek ways to help people increase the security of their home computers.

Assistant Professors Emilee Rader and Richard Wash are studying how to help home users better understand security issues.

The researchers say the vast majority of computer owners have little computer security knowledge or training. They say many users avoid making security decisions because they feel they lack the knowledge and skills to maintain proper security.

Michigan state says Wash, Rader and their team will carry out surveys on the public's opinion of computer security. They also will conduct lab experiments to find out how people learn about these topics and which information people trust and use.